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Anonymous donor pledges matching gift of up to $1 million

Haupt HumanitiesLEXINGTON, Ky.—In honor of the April 29, 2011 inauguration of R. Owen Williams, Transylvania’s 25th president, an anonymous donor has pledged a matching gift of up to $1 million for Transylvania alumni and friends who make a gift of $10,000 or more by April 30. Contributions that bring a donor’s cumulative giving for the 2010-11 fiscal year to $10,000 or more also count toward the challenge.

The donor’s gift and funds raised from the challenge will be used to help move Transylvania forward by immediately implementing parts of the 2009-12 Strategic Plan and other initiatives. Williams has stressed five points of concentration: diversity, globalization, sustainability, technology and community outreach.

“Our anonymous donor is a dear friend of the university,” said Mark Blankenship, acting vice president for development. “His generosity of matching gifts of $10,000 or more gives people added incentive to help the university they love.”

Blankenship said that donors may choose how their gifts are used, including support for any specific area including the annual fund, which helps the university meet its more urgent needs, or for named scholarships and the general scholarship fund, which allow prospective students with financial need the chance to experience a Transylvania education.

To make your gift and help move Transylvania forward, or for any questions, please contact the development office at (800) 487-2679 or email:
Mark Blankenship ’81, acting vice president for development and associate vice president for alumni affairs
Susie H. Bullock, development writer
Lori Burlingham, assistant director of development
Sarah Fitzgerald, director of annual giving
Rikki Starich, assistant director of annual giving
Natasa Pajic ’96, director of alumni programs
Tracy Dunn ’90, assistant director of alumni programs